Pilgrim midwife wins a prestigious award

Mum Zena Barclay, midwife Karen Swan and baby Holly. EMN-150217-114446001 EMN-150217-114446001
Mum Zena Barclay, midwife Karen Swan and baby Holly. EMN-150217-114446001 EMN-150217-114446001

A Pilgrim Hospital community midwife has won a prestigious regional award, having been nominated by one of her patients.

Nominated by new mum Zena Barclay, Karen Swan has been named Johnson’s Baby Mums’ Midwife of the Year 2015 for the South and Midlands region, part of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Midwifery Awards.

Mrs Swan is said to have gone that extra mile before and after the birth of Zena’s daughter Holly in December 2013 at Pilgrim.

Complications following Zena’s previous pregnancies meant she was very nervous and Karen carefully provided the support that Zena needed during her pregnancy and into motherhood.

Zena explained: “To say that she went above and beyond the call of duty is an understatement.

“Her humour, professionalism, knowledge and skill are everything that a woman could ask for from her midwife.”

When Zena experienced breast-feeding difficulties, Karen was quick to diagnose tongue tie. This was an emotional time for Zena, Karen recognised her distress and worked hard to research a way to help her establish breast-feeding. She also supported her with regular visits, which Zena saw as an inspiration to keep trying.

Midwife Karen commented: “I’m absolutely delighted. It was a real pleasure spending time with Zena and given the concerns from her past experiences it was really important to me to ensure she had the necessary support and reassurance, providing a special and positive start to life with her new baby Holly.”

Mrs Swan and the other five regional winners will attend the RCM Annual Awards ceremony in London on March 3.

The event will be compered by TV newsreader and mum, Kate Silverton, when the overall national winner will be announced.

The Johnson’s Baby Mums’ Midwife of the Year Award recognises midwives from across the UK who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to demonstrate excellence in their field.

Louise Silverton, director for midwifery at The RCM says: “Not only do these awards allow mothers to thank their midwives for their exceptional work, but it also enables them to pay tribute to the fantastic job they do every single day.

“With the UK birth rate remaining historically high and with births becoming increasingly complicated, the midwives’ role is more important than ever before.”